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The Historic Maxwell Room is a vintage garden and banquet hall-style wedding venue in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Originally built in 1925, it is an example of the Boom period’s Mediterranean Revival architecture, and features elegant European-inspired design throughout. An ideal choice for an upscale celebration with plenty of historical charm, wedding parties can expect support from a team of events specialists.

Facilities and Capacity

The Historic Maxwell Room can host a maximum of 120 guests in one of three available spaces. The courtyard is located in front of the Maxwell Room entrance and features a blend of hanging bistro lights and plant life. It is a charming setting for ceremonies or receptions bathed in the natural light of the Sunshine State. The New River Seawall sits on the south side of New River and is an open environment that proposes couples exchange vows in a distinctly urban setting. The Historic Den exudes 1920s charm with its arches and colonnades built from rugged industrial bricks. The room is adaptable and can be set up to suit both ceremonies and receptions with plenty of space on offer. Furniture rental, including chairs, comes as standard when booking the venue. There is parking on-site for guests.

Services Offered

The Historic Maxwell Room’s staff offers venue packages that include everything couples need for an unforgettable celebration. They can provide customized packages that include event coordination, setup, cleanup, and a range of event items. Audiovisual equipment such as a sound system is also available upon request.


The kitchen staff serves American cuisine and can accommodate gluten-free, lactose-free, no pork, vegan, and vegetarian dietary restrictions. They offer brunch menus, luncheons, dinner entrees, and desserts. They also offer bar services, with bartenders and a range of services. These include a cash bar, open bar, and signature drinks that are created especially for the event at hand. Guests will adore dishes such as Chicken Skewers and Stuffed Mushrooms, washed down with a glass of champagne.

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Banquet Hall
Historic Building

What kind of settings are available?

Uncovered Outdoor

Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?

Bridal Shower
Engagement Party
Rehearsal Dinner

What event services do you offer?

Bar Services
Catering Services
Clean Up
Event Planner
Event Rentals
Outside Vendors

What catering services do you offer?

Cocktail Reception
Hors d'oeuvres
Outside Cake

What bar services do you provide?

Cash Bar
Champagne Toast
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Open Bar
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What event items are available?

Aisle Runners
Audio Equipment
Chair Covers
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What transportation and access is available?

Wheelchair Access

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Kristine V. Married on 01/28/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Beautiful and Unique Venue

This venue is amazing. It has a character and charm that can’t be beat. We loved the ambiance from the moment we saw it. The food is fantastic and they have all you could need to have a great time.

If all that wasn’t enough, Libby (the venue coordinator) is a dream. She takes care of everything and makes the process so easy and fun. Not only did Libby provide us with a wonderful experience and ideas that were perfect for our day, she recommended fantastic vendors which made things a piece of cake. Libby raved about our vendors and for good reason, they were all awesome. Beyond that, every vendor couldn’t stop telling us how lucky we were to be working with Libby and they were right.

You can’t go wrong with hosting an event at the Historic Maxwell Room and Libby is the icing on the cake! Thank you for an amazing experience!
Maris I. Married on 12/17/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Perfect Fort Lauderdale Gem

I had my wedding at the Maxwell Room on 12/17/22 and it was absolutely perfect! Libby was a wonderful help from the start in coordinating the event and everything went off without a hitch, even though we ended up with around 15 more people than we'd originally planned for.

We got so many compliments on how awesome the venue was from our guests. The food and service were perfect as well. This venue such a gorgeous hidden gem and I highly recommend it to all.
Mary Married on 11/19/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Amazing Venue

This beautiful venue is everything you could dream of and more. Mrs. Libby (the building coordinator) is the most professional and welcoming person. The staff is sweet and understanding and goes above and beyond to make your wedding dreams come true. They are flexible with vendors coming in and have a great list of vendors to provide you as well. I couldn’t have found a better venue that met all of my needs from the day of the wedding to planning and food tasting. You will not regret this venue.
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Love the Maxwell room at the Downtowner! Great staff and food and you're right on the New River! Awesome place for any event, large or small!

Victoria's Bridal Couture Victoria's Bridal Couture Wedding Dresses

There is so much to say about The Historic Maxwell Room with its classic Fort Lauderdale feel on the New River. I love the place and the food is fantastic. They make some of the best fish in south Florida, paired with full bar and friendly staff, you can't beat this place. The history behind this place and its longevity tells you it something you do not want to miss. Visit this place and plan your event here if you are looking for a true Fort Lauderdale event.

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